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College football players as employees? Illegal formation!

Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee filed an amicus brief on July 10 that opposed unionization of college athletes. A case involving athletes at Northwestern University is pending before the National Labor Relations Board. Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), Case No. 13-RC-121359

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and fellow committee members Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) along with members of several House Committees signed the amicus brief in support of Northwestern University in the case. The brief stated:

“Congress never intended for college athletes to be considered employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and doing so is incompatible with the student-university relationship,” the senators said. “The profound and inherent differences between the student-university and employee-employer relationship makes employee status unworkable both as a matter of law and in practice.”

The complete brief can be found here.

The American Council on Education also filed an amicus brief on July 3. That brief can be found here.

July 11, 2014

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